Saturday, 27 July 2013
Good and generous God,
here we are again,
in the deep of our anxieties,
in the face of life’s tragedies,
in the midst of our uncertainties….
And, yes, here we are again,
to know you as the peace
that surpasses understanding.
For you are
the seed of hope
in the wilderness of our longing.
Thursday, 18 July 2013
When the mist ascends from the mountain floor,
When the ocean shimmers like burnished ore,
Let me give the praise.
O God of the morning, Christ of the hills,
O Spirit who all the firmament fills,
O Trinity blest who all goodness wills,
Keep us all our days.
From ‘Morning’, an ancient Celtic poem
Friday, 12 July 2013
We played a few games like
Find the Donkeys
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Beating the Donkey
The bears seemed to sit and watch whilst we enjoyed the bring and share lunch in the Rectory garden in the glorious Sunshine.
The afternoon finished with me exercising Daisy the Vicars dog.
Summer at its best.
"Do what you would wish them to do unto you" a voice whispered and she responded with hospitality with soup and benches and bags of clothing yes-clothing and feeding and housing the homeless, the rejected, the unwanted the absurd Christs who fit not in churches nor prisons nor hospitals the absurd Christs who slip through every mental grid and rational sieve those to whom no law or structure can apply the Christs walking on water instead of using boats or bridges the Christs reaching their purpose to live to love and embracing it
Moses spoke to the people, saying, The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil.
For the LORD will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the LORD your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’
Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.
Thursday, 4 July 2013
There's always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
"Where are you going today?" says Pooh...
"Well, that's very odd 'cos I was too.
"Let's go together," says Pooh, says he.
"Let's go together," says Pooh.
So wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
"What would I do?" I said to Pooh,
"If it wasn't for you," and Pooh said... "True,
It isn't much fun for One, but Two
Can stick together," says Pooh, says he.
"That's how it is," says Pooh.
from Now We Are Six
by A.A. Milne (1882-1956)
Teddy bears are a part of life. People grow up but they nearly always seem to keep a friend with them. I talked to my Dad about this and he told me that he had just talked to a young girl next door to him. She was dress in black in a Goth style. Her boyfriend looked the same. But to complement his tough character he carried a rag tag torn bear with much of its stuffing missing. It goes everywhere with me he said.
My sons have reached maturity but somewhere nearby is a teddy a reminder of the past and a friend to be with when you are all alone.
Perhaps God is like the teddy bear. Always near us watching what we do, not interfering but always there when we need a friend.